Abstract: This paper describes a collaboration with young people on a project exploring cyberbullying. It describes how a Young Person's Advisory Group was set up, how they worked with the researchers and what difference this made. It also includes the findings from an evaluation of the process.
Sixteen post-primary school students met with researchers on five occasions in a youth centre over the course of the project. The sessions focused on building the young people's capacity to engage with the research, designing the study, interpreting the study findings and finally evaluating their experience. The young people involved thought the process had worked well. They had been helped to express their views, and the adult researchers had heard them and responded. The authors conclude that a similar approach might be useful to explore other topics relevant to young people.
The young people’s involvement made sure the research was relevant and reflected their experiences, interests and concerns. They influenced the way the study was run, agreed how to provide support to any young people distressed by taking part in the study, helped with recruitment and with interpreting the study findings. They described the impacts on themselves in terms of learning more about cyberbullying and feeling more equipped to cope with it, as well as gaining confidence from their involvement experience.
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Categories: journal article researchers children and young people general principles of good practice designing of research recruitment managing research analysing and interpreting data setting up a research panel training and supporting service users staff in research organisations
Date Entered: 2018/11/12
Date Edited: 2018/11/12